Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is reportedly scheduled to undergo surgery on his back, which will end his season with about five weeks to play. Bergeron has been out since the beginning of February with an upper-body injury and this weekend, it was reported that he will finally undergo a procedure to correct the problem. In 2009, Bergeron reportedly underwent the same kind of procedure and that seemed to have helped, since he was able to come back and play some good hockey.
It has been a fairly rocky 2012 season for Bergeron, who got off to a rocket of a start, getting lots of press and being noticed for a torrid scoring pace. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep up that pace, nor his health, so he'll finish up the season with 4 goals and 20 assists in only 43 games played. As of Sunday morning, I have him ranked 272nd overall in pool scoring and with over a month to go in the season, we can expect this ranking to fall significantly. Among all defensemen, he currently ranks 45th and he will likely be within the top 88 defensemen, which would make him a pool-worthy player, despite the injuries.
On Saturday night, Derek W. recovered a little bit and got out of last place, a spot he held for a day on Saturday. The loss of Bergeron will hurt his team going forward, but it will make the race for the basement a little more interesting, as he goes into Sunday's action, 2 points up on Darren S..